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Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped

In a stunning reversal, Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett just weeks after he was indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly filing a false police report.

NBC reports Smollett, 36, was seen arriving at a Chicago courtroom around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday for an emergency hearing. Following his court appearance, his attorneys released a statement saying that the actor’s “record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him.”

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“Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement,” the statement read.

“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.”

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Smollett was charged earlier this month by a grand jury of 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report, according to a criminal complaint.

In February, he was charged with felony disorderly conduct after Chicago officers said he orchestrated his own alleged hate crime on himself in January because he was unhappy with his salary on the show “Empire.”

His role on the Fox series, where he played Jamal Lyon, was cut from the final episodes of the fifth season “to avoid further disruption on set,” the show’s executive producers said in a joint statement on Feb. 22.

Smollett had told police on January 29 that he was beaten up by two masked men while he was out getting food in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. The actor, who is black and gay, said his attackers hurled racist and homophobic slurs before punching him, putting a noose around his neck and pouring what he said was bleach on him.

Brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo were arrested in February as police investigated the alleged assault but were later released by police. They are not considered suspects.

Smollett was then labeled as a suspect in his own alleged assault and arrested in February. Prosecutors and police said Smollett allegedly paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 via a check to attack him and also gave them money to buy the supplies they would need to carry out the hoax crime.

The actor and his attorneys have repeatedly denied the allegations against him. Mark Geragos, who represents Smollett, said in a statement to NBC News earlier this month that the indictment was “the prosecutorial overkill.”

“This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department and the shameless and illegal invasion of Jussie’s privacy in tampering with his medical records,” Geragos said.

Comedian Akpos Makes History With 75 Mins Straight Stand-Up Comedy Show In London

It was great night for lovers of comedy and entertainment when UK based Nigerian comedian Akpos Ogagbe, stagged his first “one man show” tagged An hour with Akpos in London.

The multi award winning funnyman regalled his guests with hilarious and eye watering tales about his life experiences including, growing up in Nigeria and being an immigrant in the UK; religion, trending news and much more topical issues.

The evening hosted by London Events Host, Mc Cole, also featured other stand up comedians such as Njambi: British Kenyan, President Obonjo, ADE and Instagram sensation Klinton cod.

Musical entertainment was provided by Deoba Authentic and Bayo Bayz.

Dj Mind the gap was the Man on d wheels of steel, dishing out and keeping the guests on thrilled with various tracks.

Over 200 guests attended what has been described as a Night of laughter, music and dance.

The event which held at Alpha Lounge, Lewisham south east London, makes Akpos the first UK Nigerian Comedian to perform an uninterrupted stand-up comedy set for a straight 75 mins – an extra 15 minutes on top of that the advertised 60 minutes schedule!

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Reviewing Mo Abudu’s Netflix Movie “Chief Daddy”

Last night, I watched this new Nigerian film by Sisi Mo Abudu on Netflix.

“Chief Daddy” tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses. Chief lives large and generously, like there’s no tomorrow, until he suddenly drops dead and all kinds of drama follows.

Featuring almost EVERYONE WHO IS EVERYONE in Nollywood, this film looks good and boasts of a lot of huge egos including Ini Edo’s suddenly humongous backside.

But what this expensive work does not have is depth. The massive talents seem wasted in what seems like a summarisation of a story rather than a drama piece.

Many of the characters didn’t seem to have much to do except kiss their teeth, roll their eyes and dish out stereotypical Yoruba insults throughout the movie.

Racheal Oniga seemed to do most of the work but FALZ was brilliant and alongside Ini Edo’s backside, stole the entire show!

Blink…and you’ll almost miss RMD.

Not a movie I will like to spend time queuing up for at the cinema…

But for a quick & short, feel good uncomplicated movie to watch just before going to bed, Chief Daddy ticks all the boxes.

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Dakore Egbuson-Akande.
Funke “Jenifa” Akindele
Zainab Balogun.
Shaffy Bello.
Bisola Aiyeola
Chioma “Chigul” Omeruah.
Ini Edo
Linda Ejiofor
Folarin “Falz” Falana.
Richard Mofe Damijo
Taiwo Obileye
Joke Silva
Patience Ozokwor
Nkem Owoh
Jate Henshaw
Rachael Oniga

Now showing on NETFLIX

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Entertainers React To Micheal Jackson Child Abuse Accusations Following The Airing Of Leaving Neverland Documentary

Following the airing of the controversial tv documentary last week portraying and allegedly revealing hidden secrets of the life of the late Pop Music legend Micheal Jackson as a child abuser, there has been a series of reactions particularly from many in the entertainment industry.

TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, previously believed to be a close friend of Micheal, changed her mind drastically after accusations were made. The documentary, Leaving Neverland was aired on OWN, a network that Oprah partly owns.

Radio stations across the world have stopped playing Micheal Jackson’s music and the  producers of The Simpsons have removed the Jackson episode from circulation.

The late singer’s two ex wives Debbie Rowe and Lisa Marie Presley have both refused to comment on the latest accusations

Actor Mark Lester also defended the King of Pop over the sexual abuse allegations

The Oliver! star admitted he felt SICK watching explosive new documentary Leaving Neverland and it had not changed his opinion on his late friend.

Lester controversially claimed Jackson was the victim after the Arvizo family “took advantage” of the popstar and called them “hooligans”.

One of the entertainers loyally defending the artist is music executive Clyde Jenkins who took his reaction to social media.

Jenkins twitted before the airing of the programm and commented ” This is just some of the stuff this one sided documentary conveniently left out. Anyone can make a documentary and make it look like it’s the whole truth. It’s not”

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Wade Robson… you should be ashamed of yourself!!! You and your family befriended the biggest star in the world. I personally recall your mom Joy calling MJJ Music with a sob story about needing money knowing that Michael Jackson loved her and your entire family and would do anything to help her. Michael especially loved you like a son because you dreamed of being a dancer as your mother took you around Australia impersonating who…. Michael Jackson.

Your family moved to the United States leaving your father behind and Michael gave you a record deal as part of a rap duo named QUO! It FAILED!!!

Michael Set you up with his niece Brandi and you guys were together for several years… until you CHEATED with other woman several Times…. she left you!

You still remained in the Jackson Circle…. Why? Because it opened doors for you being associated with Michael Jackson and his family.

That association with Michael Jackson afforded you the opportunity to befriend such artist as Justin Timberlake and Brittany spears… and what did you do…You started working with Justin as a Choreographer and then slept with his girlfriend Brittany Spears and was FIRED. Justin then wrote a song about it called “Cry Me A River”. And yet you called Justin your FRIEND!!!

You used your association with Michael Jackson to befriend PRINCE and Mayte…. and what did you do…. You slept with HER!!! Some friend you are!!

You use your association with Michael Jackson to get yourself a gig on a television dance show…. word gets out about your previous disregard and loyalty toward high profile celebrities… and what happens…. you get CUT from that show.

Michael Jackson plans his THIS IS IT concert and you BEG to be the choreographer for the show…. Michael Chooses another Choreographer…. what do you do now that your web of lies are catching up with you and you are now Hollywood damaged goods…. You turn on the one man who looked out for you and your family your ENTIRE life and make up child abuse/molestation allegations that you have emphatically stated for many many years….NEVER HAPPENED!!

Fast forward to today… Michael Jackson is sadly NO LONGER with us. You now beg Michaels Nephew Taj Jackson for VIP access to Michael Jacksons funeral for YOU and your entire family. yet you claim this monster molested you…Sick.

You are now considered a home wrecking, disloyal individual and is essentially blackballed from Hollywood. What do you do? Because You know the world knows you are associated with Michael Jackson…. you use that association once again to change your LIFE LONG STORY to now claim… Michael Jackson molested you. Why? because you are BROKE and your wife is demanding you start making money or she will leave you.

You now convince another broke kid from Michaels past (Pepsi commercial) to join you in a frivolous lawsuit against Michael Jacksons Estate for 100’s of Millions of dollars. The courts agree that there is no merit to this lawsuit and dismiss it!!

The Jackson family never fight back when people say disparaging things about their family. Mrs. Jackson once told me when i questioned her about this… she replied “because DIRT sinks and CREAM rises”

Wade knows this to be true as well…. so what does he do? He and James Safechuck concoct a story so salacious, so scandalous so despicable, and presents it to HBO for a one sided EXPLOSIVE televised documentary of LIES… in hopes that the Michael Jackson BILLION DOLLAR ESTATE will settle with you financially to make this documentary go away.

Well that documentary of LIES will air this weekend…. and unlike the Jackson’s past… this new generations of Jackson kids are not having it!! they are suing HBO for airing your lying ass!!

I hope when this is all said and done, the estate counter sues YOU in civil court and WIN! I hope it renders you penniless for the rest of your life. Michael Jackson was good to YOU, your mother Joy and your sister Chantel…. and because your gravy train has run out… THIS is how you repay him. You are a sad excuse for a human being!!!

Sorry for this long post… but knowing what i know I just couldn’t be silent.

For any of you who thought Michael Jackson was strange… I get it… because there is no one else on earth to compare him to. Yes, there are other child stars who grew up to “blend in” to society…and i get it… But when you are Michael Jackson and the only thing on earth that is more recognizable than you is the yellow “M” at McDonalds….. that in itself is “Strange!”

Anyways…. i say… boycott the documentary… and if you MUST WATCH… know that you now know the basis of the scandalous lies contained within the documentary!

Let that man rest in PEACE!!!

Jackson’s estate claims the film breaks broadcasting regulations

Jackson’s estate claimed Leaving Neverland breaks Channel 4’s broadcasting standards. They cite a section of the channel’s guidelines, which are publicly available, that states that if a show makes “significant allegations” then “those concerned should be given an appropriate and timely opportunity to respond”.

“I think we can all agree that the false allegations being made in your ‘documentary’ are ‘significant allegations’,” the letter states, adding that “it is hard to imagine more significant accusations that can possibly be made against anyone”.

Channel 4 – who co-produced the documentary with US network HBO – decide to go ahead with the broadcast.

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Jackson’s estate sue HBO for $100 million

The Jackson estate decides to sue HBO over the documentary, claiming that both Safechuck and Robson are motivated by money. The lawsuit alleges that both men, who previously testified on behalf of Jackson, had changed their stories as they were running out of money.

The lawsuit continues: “As you must know, contrary to all norms of documentary filmmaking, the Estate was never contacted by the supposed ‘documentarian’, Dan Reed (or anyone else associated with the programme) to provide the Estate’s view on, and responses to, the absolutely false claims that are the subject matter of the programme.

“Likewise, no one else who might offer evidence to contradict the programme’s premise was consulted either, as Dan Reed has publicly admitted.”

HBO respond by saying they were still going to air the documentary.

Also read: these accusers don’t seem credible to me – Washington Examiner

Dan Reed continues to defend the documentary

Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed defends Michael Jackson accusers

Speaking to The IndependentReed defends the documentary, saying he approached the project “with all the scepticism and rigour that I would approach a story about a terrorist attack”.

“When children are sexually abused they can form a deep attachment to the abuser,” he says, explaining why Robson and Safechuck might previously have defended Jackson against accusations of abuse. “They often don’t tell the parents, and the abuse often only comes to light when the victims are in their thirties and have their own families.”

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Jackson’s estate post concert film to YouTube

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During Leaving Neverland‘s broadcast on HBO, the Jackson estate uploads the singer’s Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour concert film to YouTube. “Don’t miss the magic from the King of Pop himself! Immerse yourself in Michael Jackson,” Jackson’s official Twitter account wrote alongside a link to the film.

Oprah interviews Safechuck and Robson

A taped interview of Oprah Winfrey with the two accusers airs directing after Leaving Neverland‘s broadcast in the US. “I know people all over the world are going to be in an uproar and debating whether or not Michael Jackson did these things and whether these two men are lying or not lying,” she says.

“But for me, this moment transcends Michael Jackson. It is much bigger than any one person. This is a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption, it’s like a scourge on humanity…. if it gets you, our audience, to see how it happens, then some good would have come of it.”

Robson said that, as a child, he had “no understanding that what Michael did to me sexually was abuse. I had no concept of it being that.” He adds: “From night one of the abuse, of the sexual stuff that Michael did to me, he told me it was love. He told me that he loved me and God brought us together… anything Michael would say to me was gospel.”

UK critics react to Leaving Neverland

Following the documentary’s broadcast in the UK, press reviews are posted. The Independent‘s critic concludes: “Jackson told us he was bad; he was evil.” Meanwhile, Lucy Mangan from The Guardian hails the film as “an astonishing piece of work”.

Corey Feldman backtracks on defence

Corey Feldman, who spent time at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch as a child, had defended the singer following the broadcast of Leaving Neverland. However, days later, the actor retracts the comments during an interview on CNN.

“It comes to a point where as an advocate for victims, as an advocate for changing the statutes of limitations to make sure that victims’ voices are heard, it becomes impossible for me to remain virtuous and not at least consider what’s being said and not listen to what the victims are saying — this is very important,” he says.

“We must give them their voice. We must allow them to speak. And therefore, we also must consider all sides of this, even as uncomfortable as that may be.”

Feldman however continues to assert that nothing “inappropriate” happened between him and Jackson.

“Michael Jackson innocent” posters appear in London

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Fans of Michael Jackson protest the documentary, claiming the singer is innocent. An advert on the side of a bus reads: “Fact don’t lie. People do.” It also features the address of the website MJInnocent.com, which links to a crowdfunding page for the bus adverts. Jackson fans also protest outside of Channel 4’s London offices.

Jackson songs climb the UK iTunes charts

While Billboard US reports that Jackson’s album sales fell 8,000 following Leaving Neverland‘s broadcast, reports emerge that the compilation album has reached the number 23 spot on the UK iTunes albums charts.

The records The Essential Michael Jackson, Thriller and Bad also make their way into the top 200.

“Our Parents Lied For Money” Says R Kelly’s Alleged Victims

Two women who say they are in a relationship with R. Kelly defended the R&B singer, despite criminal allegations he sexually assaulted teenage girls, and in a tearful interview broadcast on Thursday accused their own parents of trying to extort money from the performer.

The parents of the two women, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage say their daughters, 21 and 23 respectively, have been brainwashed by Kelly, 52.

“I’m crying because you guys don’t know the truth,” Clary said as she sobbed during the interview with CBS. Clary called her father “very manipulative,” and accused her parents of telling “lies for money.”

“If you can’t see that you’re ignorant and you’re stupid,” she said.

Kelly, who was in the room during the women’s interview, pleaded not guilty last month to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a fourth woman.

He has denied similar abuse allegations for decades. He was tried on child pornography charges in 2008 and found not guilty.

The new charges were brought after a Lifetime television documentary series featured interviews with seven women, including his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, who accused him of emotional and sexual abuse.

Clary said her parents encouraged her to make “sexual videos” with Kelly when she was 17 so they could blackmail him. She also said her parents had threatened to leak naked photos of her unless Kelly sent them tens of thousands of dollars.

Both sets of parents have denied ever asking for money or receiving money from Kelly.

“We never ‘sold’ our daughter to him or anyone else … All of the victims and parents cannot be lying,” Alice and Angelo Clary said in a statement on Wednesday.

Kelly was arrested in Chicago on Wednesday for owing more than $161,000 in child support to his three children with Kelly. He must pay the full amount to get out of jail, a spokesman for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said.

Kelly told CBS he has been in financial difficulties because “so many people” who had access to his bank account have stolen from him.

“How can I pay child support if my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work? How can I get paid?” he said, crying and at times appearing to become hysterical during the interview.

Andrea Kelly’s attorney declined to comment on the allegation.

The singer’s next child support hearing is set for March 13 and his next court date on the sex abuse charges is scheduled for March 22.

Reuters

Pictures Of Hollywood Kerry Washington And her Nigerian NFL Player Husband

It came as quite a pleasant surprise to me when I came across a rather cute Nigerian attired family picture of what was labelled Actress Kerry Washington with her husband and kids.

I have not been an avid follower of the “Scandal” actress who plays Olivia Pope so the discovery of not just her marital status, but also the identity of her spouse took me as much by suprise as it would many Nigerians who would hitherto have been unaware of these details.

Washimgton tied the knot with football player Nnamdi Asomugha, after dating for 1 year.

The 42 year-old Scandal actress and the 36 year old San Francisco 49ers cornerback got married on June 24 2013 in Blaine County, Idaho.

Kerry became one of the most buzzed about actresses of 2012 with her breakout role as Olivia Pope on Scandal and her turn as an enslaved woman in Django Unchained.

Nnamdi was signed to the 49ers and previously played for the Oakland Raiders for eight seasons and the Philadelphia Eagles for another two.

Both Kerry and Nnamdi are dedicated activists and philanthropists. He has participated in the Clinton Global Initiative every year since 2009.


The couple have a daughter and two sons.

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Are Liam Payne And Naomi Campbell New Showbiz Couple?

Liam Payne and Naomi Campbell have reportedly been spotted enjoying a date night.

You’ve probably already heard the news that these two were flirting like nobody was watching over on Instagram last week.

Except everybody was watching because they have more than 23 million combined Insta followers… and now the whole world is desperate to know whether this is really happening.

Making absolutely no efforts to dampen the ‘are they, aren’t they?’ fire, apparently Liam, 25, and Naomi, 48, enjoyed an evening at London’s O2 Arena over the weekend where they watched Nigerian singer Davido perform.

A source told the Daily Star Online, “Liam and Naomi were keen to keep a low profile. They entered and exited the arena via the back door and were quickly whisked up to a VIP suite on Level 3.

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